Nails so pretty you can't blame someone for thinking they're not real--that's what Michelle Shoemaker creates at her salon, Nails By Michelle. She glosses them with brilliant color before adorning them with one-of-a-kind designs: glittery dots, sprawling spiderwebs, variegated stripes, or various spins on the french manicure. She specializes in gel manicures, which resist chips from everyday use or from scratching sidewalks. She's adamant about keeping her salon sanitary, so she passes on disposable files and buffers to the client and disinfects all other implements after each appointment.
Nail technician Melane specializes in Shellac manicures and pedicures, which keep nails embossed with a chip-free sheen for up to two weeks and can withstand even the most heated of patty-cake tournaments. Melane also draws on techniques learned at Empire Beauty School to enhance fingers with acrylics and funky nail art and smoothen physiques with body-waxing services.
Delicate gold stencil work glimmers from the scarlet red walls of The Squoval Nail Salon, where knowledgeable technicians use vegan Nubar polishes and highly sterilized tools during nail services. Staff members massages legs during a reflexology sugar scrub as the soothing smells of aromatic oils rise from the warm waters of hammered copper pedicure bowls. This style of metal bowl is not only aesthetically pleasing but also naturally eliminates bacteria and helps reduce inflammation caused by driving Fred Flintstone's car. At manicure stations, technicians welcome guests to recline in chic chairs decorated with a single satin ribbon as they beautify fingertips with traditional and Gelish polishes as well as decorative nail art. The boutique nail salon also offers freshly brewed tea for clients to enjoy during their services. They even host bachelorette parties, baby showers, and girls? nights out.
The first things that come to the average adult’s mind when thinking of fun children’s activities are most likely ball pits, bounce houses, video games, and singing animatronic animals. The staffers at Flutter: A Day Spa & Salon for Kids, however, conjure an entirely different list—they think of massages, facials, hair styling sessions, and makeovers. These trained spa professionals customize grown-up beauty services such as these to suit the needs of a younger generation, giving 12–15 year-old boys and girls a unique and fun way to enjoy an afternoon or birthday party.
Tucked inside Salon Republic, the team uses 100% organic ingredients to perform safe nail, skin, and body treatments. A dessert-inspired pedicure refreshes little toes with a fizz soak and foot mask, and a teen facial designed for 12-15 year-old clients aims to control acne with deep cleansings, extractions, and stern threats of detention. The staff can also adorn youngsters with mineral makeup, temporary tattoos, and a range of hairstyles that includes everything from up-dos to mohawks.
Indulgence is the status quo at Polish’d Nails, where staffers offer spa treatments that are as relaxing as they are physically rewarding. They offer pedicures with hot stones, cooling masks, antioxidant-rich green-tea soaks, and circulation-stimulating peppermint moisturizing masks, often accompanied by soothing massages. The staffers' manicures aid clients in unwinding with the addition of walnut-and-raspberry scrubs and hot-towel wraps.
If you traveled back in time to see Shelly Rewinkle when she was a little girl, you probably wouldn't expect her to become a hairstylist. That's because she spent most of her time playing with boys and riding dirt bikes in California. But ever since the late 80s, this tomboy-turned-stylist has strengthened her skills by working in salons and training with brands such as Aveda and American Crew.
As the owner of Grand Salon, Shelly leads a team of stylists, who tend to manes and pour complimentary glasses of wine and cucumber water. In addition to their expert services, they have been known to go above and beyond by feeding clients' meters, grabbing their lunch, and videotaping their children's clarinet recitals. All of this takes place inside an old plant warehouse, where 20 skylights illumine the cavernous space. Before opening, Shelly brought in craftsmen to build tabletops out of old wood. By mixing these natural elements with the industrial feel of the building, she created a modern ambiance that still feels warm and inviting. At the front of salon, a boutique displays art and accessories alongside products by Bumble and bumble and Kerastase.